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Two charged in fatal shooting near NC State

Posted October 1, 2012 5:54 a.m. EDT
Updated October 1, 2012 10:12 p.m. EDT

— Raleigh police have charged two people with murder in connection with a fatal shooting early Monday near North Carolina State University's Centennial Campus.

Quamir Alteriq Rogers, 21, and Twanisha Stewart, 27, are being held in the Wake County jail.

The shooting happened around 12:30 a.m. in the 4000 block of Neeley Street, off Western Boulevard.

Raleigh police said officers responding to an emergency call about a shooting found Markeith Alexander Tennessee, 29, dead outside a home.

The incident prompted university police to send out an alert warning the campus community.

The alert, sent shortly after 1 a.m., said Raleigh police were searching for three assailants – a black female wearing red pants and two black males wearing red hoodies.

The assailants fled the scene in a white SUV, according to the alert.

Raleigh police said they do not believe there is any danger to the campus and that the shooting does not appear to be random.

Residents on Neeley Street are shocked by the shooting, and several rushed to Tennessee’s aid after hearing gunshots.

"He had blood all along his shirt, so I lifted his shirt to see where he had been shot," said neighbor Stanley Hagins, who ran back inside his house to get a towel to stop the bleeding.

"He was breathing when I went out there, but when I put the towel on (the bullet wound), he stopped breathing," Hagins continued. "I checked his pulse, and he had no pulse, and that was, you know, kind of devastating."

Those who spoke to WRAL News said Tennessee was a polite and kind man who liked helping others and didn't have any enemies.

"He was a really good dude," Rover Qadourah said. "If you really needed it, he would look out for you. He really didn't have any problems with nobody."

One neighbor who did not want to be identified said Tennessee was a trucker who moved to Raleigh from Virginia and had been living in the neighborhood for about five months.

She said whenever she was short on money before payday, Tennessee would give her cash to buy diapers for her grandchild.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact Raleigh Crime Stoppers at 919-834-4357 or www.raleighcrimestoppers.org. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips that help solve cases.